A Proper Bucket List For Incoming Freshmen

A Proper Bucket List For Incoming Freshmen

Call Mom and Dad, at least once a week
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As my freshman year of college is quickly approaching, I thought that I would share some of the things I hope to accomplish in my first year of college. Maybe some of you want to accomplish the same things as me. Hopefully, with this article being out there I can stick close to knocking some fun things off my bucket list and accomplishing some great goals! So here is my first year at the University of Minnesota!

  1. Make 10 new friends
  2. Get a piercing
  3. Go to 3 concerts
  4. Take at least 1200 pictures
  5. Pull an all-nighter
  6. Get an A on a test (or all of them)
  7. Dance in the rain with my roommate
  8. Take a challenging class
  9. Get advice from a senior
  10. Go to a Frat Party
  11. Have a great time at the Minnesota State Fair
  12. Join a community service club
  13. Spring Break somewhere fun with my BFFs
  14. Go to almost every home football game
  15. Find a new passion
  16. Stay organized
  17. Do homework when I get it, don’t wait till Sunday night
  18. Attend all of the hockey games I can
  19. Stay in touch with the important people
  20. Go to a Timberwolves game
  21. Avoid the freshman 15
  22. Turn fat to muscle
  23. Don't eat the ice cream in the cafeteria too often
  24. Spend a whole day binge watching 80s movies
  25. Go on a random road trip
  26. Go to a Wild game, preferably against the New York Rangers
  27. Explore the cities
  28. Visit some of my friends at their colleges
  29. Have a friend come and sleepover in my dorm room
  30. Surprise someone, once a month
  31. Aimlessly walk through campus just enjoying my surroundings
  32. Study hard for finals
  33. Go to office hours and connect with professors
  34. Have an amazing time at Spring Fling
  35. Get coffee with friends on a Tuesday morning
  36. Go out and do something every night for one whole week
  37. People watch on a Friday or Saturday night
  38. Hammock with good friends
  39. Take a nap in the grass with my roomie
  40. Make a friend from the east coast and the west coast
  41. Eat at a new restaurant at least once a month
  42. Get enough sleep, most of the time
  43. Get not enough sleep, some of the time
  44. Order a salad
  45. Eat more healthy things
  46. Learn more Spanish
  47. Dance like nobody's watching
  48. Keep on Keepin’ on
  49. Thank everyone for the little things
  50. Go to free sporting events
  51. Speak up for what is right
  52. Stick to my beliefs
  53. Learn about other people's backgrounds and beliefs
  54. Get another tattoo
  55. Call Mom and Dad, at least once a week
  56. Spend time studying in the library, a lot
  57. Say I love you to people who deserve to hear it
  58. Take a hike
  59. Add ten people on Snapchat in one night
  60. Write a letter to Senior Year self
  61. Take a fitness class like Zumba or boxing
  62. Order Insomnia cookies at 2 am
  63. Keep my dorm room clean
  64. Vacuum more than once a semester
  65. Attend a Themed Party
  66. Make a difference
  67. Have the time of my life!
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To The Teacher Who Was So Much More

Thank you for everything
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I think it's fair to say that most people remember at least one teacher who had a lasting impact on them. I have been incredibly lucky to have several teachers who I will never forget, but one individual takes the cake. So here's to you: thank you for all you have done.

Thank you for teaching me lessons not just in the textbook.

Although you taught a great lecture, class was never just limited to the contents of the course. Debates and somewhat heated conversations would arise between classmates over politics and course material, and you always encouraged open discussion. You embraced the idea of always having an opinion, and always making it be heard, because why waste your voice? You taught me to fight for things I believed in, and to hold my ground in an argument. You taught me to always think of others before doing and speaking. You showed me the power of kindness. Thank you for all the important lessons that may not have been included in the curriculum.

Thank you for believing in me.

Especially in my senior year, you believed in me when other teachers didn't. You showed me just what I could accomplish with a positive and strong attitude. Your unwavering support kept me going, especially when I melted into a puddle of tears weekly in your office. You listened to my stupid complaints, understood my overwhelming stress-induced breakdowns, and told me it was going to be okay. Thank you for always being there for me.

Thank you for inspiring me.

You are the epitome of a role model. Not only are you intelligent and respected, but you have a heart of gold and emit beautiful light where ever you go. You showed me that service to others should not be looked at as a chore, but something to enjoy and find yourself in. And I have found myself in giving back to people, thanks to your spark. Thank you for showing me, and so many students, just how incredible one person can be.

Thank you for changing my life.

Without you, I truly would not be where I am today. As cliche as it sounds, you had such a remarkable impact on me and my outlook on life. Just about a year has passed since my graduation, and I'm grateful to still keep in touch. I hope you understand the impact you have made on me, and on so many other students. You are amazing, and I thank you for all you have done.

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3 Things i learned at pride in NYC

The people, the flags, and the glitter are even more magical in person.

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On Sunday, June 24th, my girlfriend, my best friend and I, all hopped on a train to the World Trade Center in New York City. After a short subway ride, we arrived at 16th Street, where the parade festivities began. Dressed in our decked out rainbow attire, we entered a vibrant crowd of flag wielding, self-loving having, beautiful people. Pride is something the LGBTQIA+ community knows how to celebrate well. Lesbihonest, I think its safe to say that the LGBTQ+ community essentially created loving yourself, along with embracing those around you, whether you know them or not. While at Pride, I learned a few things about myself, about how to love others, and what it means to be apart of a community.

1. Love thy neighbor

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Because pride is such an important event to the LGBTQIA+ community, the number of people that attend each year is increasing by the thousands. There were an expected 48,000 people this year and when you're amerced in such a large crowd keeping your cool is super important. I learned that in most cases, giving love will result in receiving it, especially in 84-degree weather. So when I was making my way through energetic crowds, I used my p's and q's and was met with the same energy from strangers.

2. At pride, the dress code is no dress code

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If you're in the mood to wear your birthday suit, glitter, or witty t-shirt and celebrate the LGBTQIA+ community as a member or as an ally, pride is the place to be! The extravagant outfits and expression of self-pride through clothes and even lack of clothes made me feel extremely comfortable in my own outfit. I think we all have had our share of being uncomfortable in our skin or clothes, but being around thousands of people dressed in whatever made them most comfortable that day was a beautiful experience.

3. Pride is not solely about the LGBTIA+ community

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Heritage of Pride, the nonprofit organization that organizes New York City's LGBT pride events each year, strives to work towards creating a future that consists of equal rights for all under the law. The march is an annual civil rights demonstration that brings awareness to the fight against aids, the Black Lives Matter movement and memorializes those who have lost their lives to illness, violence and neglect. This year over 450 different organizations participated in the march and about 110 floats were shown, each float bringing awareness to different organizations.

As an Afro-Latina, lesbian, I felt very represented and extremely grateful to participate in a civil rights event such as pride. The opportunity to educate myself and even feel more comfortable in my own skin, and enjoy myself with the people I love most, is something I will truly cherish. Hopefully, my experiences and knowledge will expand next year at the 2019 NYC pride!

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